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Trump signs order that aims to reveal real health care costs

Jun. 24, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that calls for upfront disclosure by hospitals of actual prices for common tests and procedures to help keep costs down . The idea is to give patients practical information that they can use to save money. For example, if a hospital...

Business Highlights

Jun. 24, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

___ What's your data worth to Big Tech? Bill would compel answer WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress bears down on big tech companies, two senators are proposing to force giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon to tell users what data they're collecting from them and how much it's worth. The proposed legislation...

Supreme Court to review insurers' Obamacare claims for $12B

Jun. 24, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether insurance companies can collect $12 billion from the federal government to cover their losses in the early years of the health care law championed by President Barack Obama. The justices say Monday that they will hear appeals in the fall from insurers...

1 in 6 ER visits or hospital stays triggers 'surprise' bill

Jun. 20, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly one in every six times someone is taken to an emergency room or checks in to the hospital, the treatment is followed by a "surprise" medical bill, according to a study released Thursday. And depending on where you live, the odds can be much higher. The report from the nonpartisan...

At stores and online, health care moves closer to customers

Jun. 4, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

Health care is moving closer to patients. Drugstores are expanding the care and support they offer, and telemedicine is bringing doctors and therapists to the family room couch as the system shifts to help people stay healthy and attract customers who want convenience. CVS Health offered the latest example on...

Humana takes rare step of squashing Centene deal talk

Jun. 3, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

Centene shares are tumbling after Humana took the rare step of publicly refuting reports that it's interested in buying the company. Centene Corp., based in St. Louis, is in the midst of a $15 billion takeover of WellCare, another insurer specializing in government funded health coverage. Humana said in a...

Rent spikes, gig jobs among bills facing legislative action

May. 26, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Legislature faces key decisions this week, including trying to reign in police use of force, prevent rent spikes, and alter labor laws affecting workers in the gig economy. Friday is the deadline for the Assembly and Senate to pass or reject bills that originated in...

GOP, Democrats team up to address surprise medical bills

May. 23, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plunging ahead despite paralyzing partisanship in the nation's capital, senior lawmakers of both parties Thursday proposed legislation to tackle surprise medical bills and other concerns, from prescription drug costs to uneven vaccination rates. The draft bill from Sens. Lamar Alexander,...

Washington to offer first 'public option' insurance in US

May. 12, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings...

2 Chinese men indicted for hacking Anthem

May. 9, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two members of "extremely sophisticated" hacking group operating from China in the 2014-2015 theft of the personal information of nearly 79 million customers of insurer Anthem Inc., the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history. The Justice...